HIV/AIDS risk perception among HIV positive women
Medicina Instituto Português de Oncologia Vialonga, Portugal
Centre for Public Administration and Policies Institute of Social and Political Sciences Lisboa, Portugal
This paper is based on a study of 143 HIV positive women attending an out-patient consultation in a public hospital in Lisbon.
Data were gathered through semi-structured interviews in hospital context during the last semester of 2007.
Main results: HIV/AIDS risk perception was associated by 60.8% of the interviewees to social consequences of AIDS, such as discrimination or withdrawal of the infected people; only 60.5% of the women had accurate information on HIV/AIDS and only 72.1% of these infected women have informed new sexual partners about her HIV status.
The implication of risk HIV perception on behavior, health policy and health information campaigns are discussed.